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Band Saw Review - Harbor Freight/Central Machinery

Posted by iamjim (My Page) on
Sun, Jul 23, 06 at 20:42

Hello! I came across a used 14" 1HP for $40 and I can't find reviews on it. I heard that CM and HF were the same brand and chinese knock-offs that are unreliable with parts that are hard to find. I am looking for a band saw for working with hardwood for furniture making. Veneers and resawing would be involved. I don't think it would be a good purchase but I am looking for someone who might be more familiar with the quality of the product.

Thanks!

Jim


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RE: Band Saw Review - Harbor Freight/Central Machinery

I have one. Junk.
Not the same exact brand name. but the same saw none the less.
Excessive vibration is the biggest problem.

Then again, maybe it is just the saw I got.
It has been in storage now for quite some time.
I'm gonna get it out and see if I can do anything with it.
I do remember I hated the thing.
Maybe I was just spoiled after using the PowerMatic saw at work.
I got it cause it was all I could afford at the time.

Pooh Bear


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RE: Band Saw Review - Harbor Freight/Central Machinery

A friend of mine bought one new. For rough sawing of small pieces it can be made to work, but for furniture, veneers, resawing, etc.... no frickity-frackin' way.


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RE: Band Saw Review - Harbor Freight/Central Machinery

There were about 200 of those saws sold to members of WoodNet.net. They have all changed the blades and probably the tires and maybe made some other minor modifications---like installing a riser block---I believe a Rigid riser works with a tiny bit of modification. There are several varieties of resaw fences folks use to get good results iwhen resawing.

These were new saws---sold about 3 years ago when the saws went on sale new for $119. The major problems have been a couple of burnt out motors.

If you would like more information about the saws than you really want, go to www.WoodNet.net, join(free) and post a question in the Powertools forum. Make the post title something like this----HF BS questions, (Mac sent me)

Then ask the questions you did here.

The (Mac sent me) should get real answers and just a few jokers---I am Mac and am a Moderator over there.


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RE: Band Saw Review - Harbor Freight/Central Machinery

Yep, I had to replace the motor in mine once.
The original motor just quit altogether.

I have a jointer made by the same company and I love it.
Only problem I have had out of it was the on/off switch went bad.
That was a simple matter to change out and no problems since.

Pooh Bear


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RE: Band Saw Review - Harbor Freight/Central Machinery

I'm going to give this saw another try.
I found out that HF has roller guides for it.
Called them today to see if they had them in the local store.
Said they had been marked down to $7 so I am getting a set.
Also I found my new bandsaw tire and installed it.
And I'm getting a 4tpi 1/2inch skip tooth blade for it.

I'm missing two of the set screws that hold the guides in place.
Wonder where I can get these. Are they metric or standard.

I'll know soon if I wasted my money in fixing up this machine.
I'm hoping the roller guides really help.

Oh, and the brand name on mine is Continental Industries.

Pooh Bear


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RE: Band Saw Review - Harbor Freight/Central Machinery

Well, I set it all up.
I actually found the new bandsaw tire I had bought for it.
I started sawing a 3 inch circle out of a piece of 2x4.
It sawed wonderfully, until the other tire came off.
Now I gotta order another bandsaw tire. Ouch.

I would recommend those roller guides I linked to above.
They worked wonders for the short time I was sawing.

Pooh Bear


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RE: Band Saw Review - Harbor Freight/Central Machinery

I inherited a CM/HF MODEL725 PIECE OF CR--. MY TIRES ARE ROTTEN, MY GUIDES ARE ROTTEN , BUT WORST OF ALL I CAN NOT FIND A SOURCE FOR THE DRIVE BAND. BUYER BEWARE! THERE IS NO HELP FROM CM OR HF.THANKS TO THE BROTHERHOOD OF WOODWORKERS.ANYONE WHO KNOWS WHERE I CAN FIND DRIVE BANDS PLEASE CONTACT ME AT robertm@themcdougalgroup.com


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RE: Band Saw Review - Harbor Freight/Central Machinery

"CAN NOT FIND A SOURCE FOR THE DRIVE BAND"

What is a "drive band"?

A v-belt?

All you need to know is the size & type and just about anything is available of you look.


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